By: alan t (offline)  Friday, 02 January 2009 @ 06:06 PM ICT (Read 13410 times)  

Can anyone update me on the possibility of some bikes "arriving" for sale in Thailand that don't attract huge duty, Kawasaki have dont ok with the Ninja 250 but what about the 500cc plus market, any models and dates known?

   

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By: news (offline)  Friday, 02 January 2009 @ 06:42 PM ICT  

Hello Alan,

First the bikes not have to be Thai build to have a lowered government duty, bikes which are Japanese build or anywhere are also lower on duties. Actual the Kawasaki Ninja 250R is build in Thailand, but not to Thai custom law, it is build in a so-called bonded warehouse manufacturing plant, which means that it still needs to be imported into Thailand even it is already in Thailand.

Currently the only Thai manufacturer who builds 250cc motorcycles in Thailand is Tiger Motorcycle, with its Tiger Boxer 250 RS, which is not a bad choice at all, being halve the price of what Kawasaki is offering, and surely not half the fun.

We can expect that other manufacturers will introduce 250cc motorcycle models on the Thai market, any larger engine displacement motorcycles we probably have to wait until the end of March for 30th Bangkok Motorshow.

   

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By: Chris (offline)  Friday, 02 January 2009 @ 10:35 PM ICT  

Or you could wait just two weeks and see if Kawasaki does start selling the ER-6n here. 600cc and built here...good enough? Expect a price of around 280k (registered).

   

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By: news (offline)  Friday, 02 January 2009 @ 11:00 PM ICT  

I would not expect Kawasaki to introduce the ER-6n soon, surely not before March, into Thailand, matter of fact I would find it interesting to see how they will survive the global economic crisis.

For Thailand I would not be surprised that they moved production out of Thailand, their Indian partners (Bajaj Auto) made them a sweet deal they basically pay for the factory, which can support world dement. Expending the current Thai factory will play a demand on cash and credit Kawasaki not has….

   

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By: Chris (offline)  Sunday, 18 January 2009 @ 05:17 PM ICT  

I rode the ER-6n at the Kawasaki showroom yesterday! Should be on sale in a week or two. Price...about 225K.

   

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By: news (offline)  Monday, 19 January 2009 @ 05:48 AM ICT  

Hi Chris,

That is indeed a nice price for the Kawasaki ER-6n, and is the 225,000 Baht sales price including Thai registration?

   

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By: Richard (offline)  Monday, 19 January 2009 @ 02:05 PM ICT  

I believe that the 225,000 Baht price for the Kawasaki ER-6n is without the registration cost. So the price on the road in Thailand at least if you want to ride legal, is still 280,000 Baht.

   

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By: Chris (offline)  Monday, 19 January 2009 @ 10:29 PM ICT  

Price includes registration. This is an official, dealer (manufacturer) sold, Thai made bike. Richard, don't confuse this with an import. It's a nice deal. But don't all hurry to get one, because I want mine soon!

   

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By: Richard (offline)  Tuesday, 20 January 2009 @ 06:46 AM ICT  

Hi Chris,

The registering cost is something completely different then import duty. The registering cost for the Kawasaki ER-6n is something like 55,000 to 60,000 Baht.

If the 225,000 is including the 60,000 Baht for registering then the price for a unregistered bike would be 165,000 Baht.

Kawasaki does the same with the Kawasaki Ninja 250R, selling the Ninja 250R without registering cost, the difference is that the registering cost of a 250cc is only much much less then registering a 650cc.

Therefore I belief that the 225,000 Baht is excluding registering, but I could be wrong... But lets hope I'm wrong..

P.S. Thai build Kawasaki motorcycles still need to be imported into Thailand, as they are manufactured under a special BOI bonded warehouse manufacturing schema.

   

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By: Chris (offline)  Tuesday, 20 January 2009 @ 10:48 PM ICT  

Maybe I got the words wrong, but I put my money down today anyway, and the only extras on top of the 225K, are about 600B for compulsory insurance and less than 1000B for the plate. Sorted.

   

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By: Richard (offline)  Wednesday, 21 January 2009 @ 05:32 PM ICT  

Hi Chris,

This is one of those moments that I'm happy I was wrong, the Kawasaki ER-6n for 225,000 Baht is just almost to good to be true...

I'm sure that some "bigbike" motorcycle shops in Thailand will have a hard time surviving this year... And of course the secondhand prices will go down a lot...

   

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By: Chris (offline)  Wednesday, 21 January 2009 @ 09:50 PM ICT  

Well, it's still just one bike, but based on what I have read on another forum, these will be selling like hot cakes. If this bike is not your choice, the next thing is the Fazer 600 at twice the price. It's a start for sure but there's a long way to go before the market changes too much. I hope Honda will notice what is happening and bring some affordable models in; then we will start to have a choice. But I don't think many tears will be shed if some of those 'bigbike" shops start to struggle. We would be best rid of one or two of them.

   

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By: Anonymous: Phil ()  Wednesday, 28 January 2009 @ 09:40 AM ICT  

Does anyone know if they sell the F model of this bike ?

By: Chris (offline)  Friday, 30 January 2009 @ 11:38 PM ICT  

Not in Thailand and I don't think they have plans to do so at the moment. But the naked version is very striking, I've had mine for 2 days and it's getting a lot of attention.

   

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By: Chris (offline)  Saturday, 31 January 2009 @ 01:24 PM ICT  

Update to that last post. They are planning to have the ER6f in Thailand in about August and may be showing it at the motor show at BITEC in April.

   

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